Three cities get highway improvements from state

Crowded roads in Hinesville and Tifton will be widened and a busy interchange in Griffin rebuilt as components of more than $55 million in new transportation infrastructure improvements announced today by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Approximately $17.8 million will be spent to widen more than three miles of State Route 119 south of Fort Stewart in Hinesville.  Currently a two-lane roadway, it will be widened to four lanes with a sidewalk on one side and mixed-use trail on the other.    McClendon Enterprises, Inc., of Vidalia, will perform the work, scheduled to be completed in April, 2017.

In Tifton, a Georgia DOT contractor will widen two and a half miles of Carpenter Road between Larkin and Davis roads from a single lane in each direction to two lanes each way with a center turn lane, sidewalks and upgrades to the King Road intersection.  The $10.1 million project will be done by Reames and Son Construction Company, Inc., of Valdosta, and is to be completed by November, 2015.

On Griffin’s westside, E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc., of Lithonia, will be paid $11.9 million to rebuild the interchange of U.S. Highway 19/State Route 3 and State Route 16.  The project completion date is August, 2016.

Details on these and other newly awarded projects can be found through the Award Announcement Download at:

Since January, Georgia DOT has awarded 65 major construction contracts across the state valued at more than $300 million.   However, the Department’s ability to continue maintaining and growing the state’s transportation network will be severely restricted as early as next month unless Congress acts quickly to provide necessary federal funding.

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